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NEA president’s statement on announced retirement of U.S. Rep. George Miller

WASHINGTON - January 13, 2014 -

After 40 years in Congress, U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA) will retire at the end of this year, he announced today.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel issued the following statement:

“Rep. George Miller is a stalwart of students and public education. Our nation’s schools and students—especially the ones most in need—have benefited from his forty years of public service. A champion of progressive causes, health, and labor issues, Mr. Miller is leaving an undeniable imprint on education and labor legislation enacted into law in the United States.

“Mr. Miller’s list of legislative accomplishments and the issues he championed is long and on the right side of justice. The signature mark in the causes he fought for—from ESEA to IDEA to Head Start and early childhood education initiatives—was that he always placed students at the forefront.

“When the worst economic recession since the Great Depression hit the country, Mr. Miller provided early and important support of the Education Jobs Fund, which helped keep class sizes from ballooning and schools staffed. He advocated for funding to modernize schools and he was a leading voice for improving the teaching profession. He helped lower student loan rates and boost Pell Grants. He also has been a tireless advocate for workers’ rights – introducing the Employee Free Choice Act and fighting to raise the federal minimum wage. He could also be counted on to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

“On behalf of NEA’s more than 3 million educators, thank you for your service. Educators, students, and working families will miss Mr. Miller.”


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The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

Media Contact: Miguel A. Gonzalez